The Hon. Barack H. Obama working at the the "Resolute desk". This desk is a large, nineteenth-century partners' desk often chosen by presidents of the United States for use in the White House Oval Office as the Oval Office desk. It was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880 and was built from the timbers of the British Arctic Exploration ship Resolute. (explanation from Wikipedia)

The Hon. Barack H. Obama working at the the "Resolute desk". This desk is a large, nineteenth-century partners' desk often chosen by presidents of the United States for use in the White House Oval Office as the Oval Office desk. It was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880 and was built from the timbers of the British Arctic Exploration ship Resolute. (explanation from Wikipedia)

From Roosevelt to Resolute, The Secrets of All 6 Oval Office Desks | Atlas Obscura

From Roosevelt to Resolute, The Secrets of All 6 Oval Office Desks | Atlas Obscura

Alonzo Fields - Butler for Presidents: Beginning in October 1931 through February 1953, I planned and directed all the family, state and social functions of four presidents. . . . What gave me the greatest satisfaction during my years in the White House was the opportunity to observe people, the most influential people in the world in our time

Alonzo Fields - Butler for Presidents: Beginning in October 1931 through February 1953, I planned and directed all the family, state and social functions of four presidents. . . . What gave me the greatest satisfaction during my years in the White House was the opportunity to observe people, the most influential people in the world in our time

'I really cannot say how proud I feel to be the Queen of such a nation,' she wrote in her journal. The Queen at Buckingham Palace in the year of her Diamond Jubilee, 1897.

The diary of Queen Victoria, aged 13: 40,000 pages of monarch's journals launched online by great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth

'I really cannot say how proud I feel to be the Queen of such a nation,' she wrote in her journal. The Queen at Buckingham Palace in the year of her Diamond Jubilee, 1897.

On 23 November 1839 Queen Victoria summoned the Privy Council to announce her engagement to Prince Albert. Just before she made her declaration she received this bracelet from her mother, Victoria, Duchess of Kent. The date and the initial V is engraved on the back.

On 23 November 1839 Queen Victoria summoned the Privy Council to announce her engagement to Prince Albert. Just before she made her declaration she received this bracelet from her mother, Victoria, Duchess of Kent. The date and the initial V is engraved on the back.

SUPERB VICTORIAN VULCANITE VESTA CASE WITH OLD BUST OF QUEEN VICTORIA IN DETAIL

Superb victorian vulcanite vesta case with old bust of queen victoria in detail

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Great Article on Victorian servants attached.  Explains types of maid servants, roles and salaries among other things.

Great Article on Victorian servants attached. Explains types of maid servants, roles and salaries among other things.

This book from Shire Classics describes the 19th-Century servant class in Great Britain in satisfying detail.

This book from Shire Classics describes the 19th-Century servant class in Great Britain in satisfying detail.

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